Welcome to Music of The Oud

October 15, 2008

This is a blog dealing with primarily Oud music.

I wanted to have a place where Oud enthusiasts could come to find music relating, in some fashion, to the Oud . Most of these files originated elsewhere on the web. I am merely trying to list Oud related items in one forum. I will post links to the sites where I originally found the files.MANY GREAT THANKS goes to the original uploaders, especially AmbroseBierce, for uploading these hard to find releases. Some blogs may be culled from more than others and some, even, rather exclusively. There are MANY INCREDIBLE blogs out there and I encourage everyone to check them out thoroughly, chances are you will get turned onto some great music. Again, though, the main focus of this blog is Oud so I try and limit it to that, although I may sometimes color outside the lines. All of these recordings will not be Oud purist recordings, in some cases, if there is an Oud in the recording somewhere it qualifies for the blog.

In some cases Passwords are needed to unlock the files and list those accordingly when needed.

I hope that you enjoy this Oud source and please leave comments and let me know if there are things that you are searching for or if there are dead links. I do try and check all the links but sometimes Links will go dead.

Enjoy!

The Oud by H. Aram Gulezyan

November 3, 2008

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from SkaFunkRastaPunk

Keys to Grenada by Said Chraibi

November 3, 2008

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from SkaFunkRastaPunk

Music For The Arabian Dulcimer and Lute by Hassan Erraji

November 3, 2008

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from SkaFunkRastaPink

Suhanas by Udrub feat Kalman Balogh

October 20, 2008

János Gerzson – oud, saz
Tibi Golan – ney, flute, kaval
Dávid Troják – bass guitar
Géza Orczy – daf, derbuka, tapan
Kálmán Balogh – cimbalom
Frankie Látó – violin

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from EvrenselMusik

Shesh Besh by Yossi Arnheim, Yair Dalal, Amir Massarik, Chen Zimbalista

October 20, 2008

SheshBesh is a new extraordinary ensemble from Israel, a country where the tradition of western classical music at its highest level meets oriental music in its various forms. Composed and arranged by Israeli composers with both ethnic and classical backgrounds, SheshBesh’s tunes are based on folk melodies from Tadzhikistan, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Andalusia, Iraq, and other origins. With immigrants from all over the world living in Israel, this country is the natural meeting point for all these kinds of music, and thus the perfect place for SheshBesh to start from.

All of the musicians in the quartet are well known in their homeland Israel and abroad. The principal flutist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Yossi Arnheim worked with famous conductors like Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, and Kurt Masur. He is also a very active performer of chamber music and teaches at the Rubin Music Academy in Tel Aviv. Oud player Yair Dalal is one of the latest representatives of Arab-Jewish music from Iraq. Also active in European classical music, jazz, rock, and blues, he developed a rare mix of traditional and modern, Jewish and Arab, oriental and western, and realised several projects with Palestinian musicians in Israel. Originally a rock and blues guitarist, Amir Mussarik plays the bass for several ethnic groups and classical orchestras in Israel. Currently he is the director of the “Yuval” Musical Association. The star of percussion playing in Israel, Chen Zimbalista, has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic and the Tel Aviv Symphony. With SheshBesh he plays marimba, ethnic instruments, and various bells and gongs.

SheshBesh’s music invites the listener to a journey through mid-eastern and oriental areas offering ethnic authenticity on a classical level. SheshBesh is also a sign of the willingness of artists in Israel to accept and appreciate the surrounding Arabic cultures.

Yossi Arnheim (flute)
Yair Dalal (oud)
Amir Massarik (acoustic bass)
Chen Zimbalista (percussion)

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from EvrenselMusik

Songs Of An Other by Savina Yannatou

October 20, 2008

Pimavera en Salonico has been together for fifteen years with basically the same members, and creates arrangements of traditional or folk music from lands in a great arc from Spain through Southern Italy and Greece, the Balkans, the Caucasus and back down through the Levant. However, rather than being a performing museum, Yannatou (the lead vocalist), Kostas Vomvolos (the main arranger and music director), and Primavera en Salonico extract the emotional essence of each piece to create what are essentially mini-dramas.

This collective have so far progressed over the years in the direction of increasing improvisation that on Songs Of An Other, the distinction between Yannatou as lead singer in front, and the supporting background group, has been virtually eliminated. While this growth is quite audible between the albums, the current release stands on its own as an amazing performance which documents each virtuoso contributing to the whole.

Although the music’s basic sound cannot be separated from its origins in scales, rhythms and instrumentation, the performances, starting with Yannatou’s, seem so strong as to create a sound and aesthetic that is sui generis. As each track proceeds, the group manages to create a unique sound and emotional world that raises the music above and beyond its origins to the realm of “just” music – and since improvisation is a major component – you can also call it “jazz.”

Vocalist Yannatou is naturally heard out front; however, her transparent emotionality through phrasing and pitch control, especially when combined with her extended techniques which include controlled shrieks and moans, transform her voice in another instrument that is part of the ensemble.

Not knowing the languages of the pieces is actually a plus, since the syllables tend to become abstract sounds, even if they are grouped into phrases that imply language. Vomvolos’ arrangements sound wide open and allow the ensemble to almost magically translate each tune’s melody and underlying linguistic meaning into musical emotions.

This set includes two compositions, “O Yannis kai O Drakos” and “Perperouna,” which are composed by differing subsets of the group. Because these pieces completely meld the dramatic, the vocal and the instrumental, they may show where Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico could be heading, which makes Songs Of An Other an even more amazing listen.

Personnel: Savina Yannatou: voice; Yannis Alexandris: oud, guitar; Kyriakos Gouventas: violin, viola; Harris Lambrakis: nay; Michalis Siganidis: double-bass; Kostas Theodorou: percussion, double-bass; Kostas Vomvolos: quanun, accordion.

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from EvrenselMusik

Middle Eastern Rock by John Berberian And The Rock East Ensemble

October 20, 2008

This is a prime example of why knowledgeable reissue record companies are so important to furthering our collective musical experiences. Track back to 1969, when musical worlds both sides of the Atlantic were looking way beyond their musical reference points and attempting fusions of rock with whatever took their fancy. The New York-based Verve Forecast label was always one to step out on a limb, and here they were perhaps searching for an interesting counter to the focus on Ravi Shankar’s sitar. Berberian played the oud, an African/Asian relation of the lute, and gathered musicians, including rock guitarists, who would be open-minded enough to play around traditional material melodies with some improvisation on what was world music before the term was coined.

The results are mesmeric in parts, and there is variety aplenty on the seven extended tracks here where oud and guitar interplay; the closest reference point would be The Paul Butterfield Band’s famed East-West. There is one exotically unintelligible vocal track, but elsewhere we get workouts such as The Oud & The Fuzz and a most satisfying Iron Maiden (absolutely no relation) with sax workout. Recommended.

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from EvrenselMusik

Karloma

October 20, 2008

Karloma is a trial of musical outlooks. Its members belong to different musical cultures, but meet spiritually in Palestine , the place of our beginning and a country of such magnetism that we all find ourselves inextricably tied to it, no matter where we are in the world. Our first CD, Karloma, was a combination of original compositions by Ahmad Al-Khatib, and pieces taken from the repertoire of classical Arabic music, but with the ethos of Karloma running like a thread throughout. Twisting and turning, delicate calligraphic ornamentation and improvised moments of truth arise from solid musical ideas and forms. These days we continue to find voice and inspiration in the older repertoire, but we are focusing more and more on playing original pieces by members of the group.

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from EvrenselMusik

Mystical Garden by Omar Faruk Tekbilek

October 20, 2008

Omar Faruk Tekbilek continues to delight Western listeners with a vast array of Middle Eastern musical traditions. As the follow up to his debut solo recording Whirling, Mystical Garden combines Faruk’s musical mastery, composition and mystical influences creating a soulful and emotional musical journey. Mystical Garden (and the self-titled track) is a variation on a theme. It is the reflection of Faruk’s inspiration by “the unity of the Mystical life. The garden is an island surrounded by the ocean of sincerity. Everyone with their sincere hearts chanting God’s name in their language. In essence, we are the flowers owned by the one and only Gardener.” Mystical Garden places more emphasis on Faruk’s writing, featuring five original tracks. And there is a greater emphasis on the stellar musicianship of the players.. “Egyptian Dance” demonstrates traditional Egyptian motives, with variations on the rhythm and the scales. “Hu Allah” continues to tell Faruk’s story in the garden, with his soulful voice over a bed of chanting, nature sounds, and orchestration, along with oud, ney, and bendir. As the last track, this piece leaves the listener in a peaceful trance. To compare Faruk to Western musicians, it would be as if one musician was a master of the drums, percussion, guitar, flute, recorder, oboe, and more.. ~ amazon.com

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One Truth by Omar Faruk Tekbilek

October 20, 2008

Omar Faruk Tekbilek’s One Truth continues his exploration of the mystical sounds of Sufism, blending Middle Eastern instruments like the ney flute and modern electronic textures into intense, intricate works. The album’s songs of devotion showcase Tekbilek’s technical skill as well as his intuitive understanding of this passionate and spiritual music.

Bob Olhsson
Mastering
Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Percussion, Bongos, Drums, Keyboards, Oud, Baglama, Drums (Snare),
Shaker, Rama, Jura, Jara, Def, Bandir, Bendir, Kaval, Djembe,
Main Performer, Ney, Darbouka, Bells, Cymbals, Tambourine.

Kevan Torfeh: Cello
Azam Ali: Vocals (Background)
Randall Crafton: Voices, Shaker, Voiceover, Engineer
Mon Agranet: Mixing
Randy Crafton: Vocals, Shaker, Voices
Jeremy Hulette: Design
Yuval Ron: Guitar, Piano, Arranger, Keyboards, Guitar (Classical), Producer
Roberto Cani: Violin, Vocals

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